Foreign teenager dies in collision

A teenage woman has been killed and four other teens injured in a head-on collision between foreign visitors near Tilba. 

Initial investigations suggested a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota LandCruiser crashed head-on on the Princes Hwy near Brushgrove Lane, where the northbound lane widens into a passing lane, shortly around 1pm on Saturday. 

The driver of the Corolla, a 19-year-old woman, died at the scene. The passenger, a 19-year-old man, was airlifted to Canberra Hospital and on Monday remained in a critical condition. 

While both were foreign nationals, which country they are from is not yet known. 

The 19-year-old male driver of the older-model LandCruiser was uninjured and was taken to the South East Regional Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. 

The three teenage passengers of the LandCruiser were treated by paramedics and taken to SERH with minor injuries.

An 18-year-old female was admitted with a cracked sternum, but on Monday a Southern NSW Local Health District spokesperson said she was in a stable condition. Also, two males had been assessed in emergency and discharged. 

All the occupants of the LandCruiser were from Germany.

The Princes Hwy was closed during the incident but has been reopened and the site of the collision in the southbound lane can be clearly seen on what is a newly upgraded section of the Princes Hwy known as the Victoria Creek bypass.

The crash marks the sixth death on NSW roads in the first week of 2017, an increase by two from 2016's toll for the same period. 

Last year saw a total of 384 people killed on the roads, an increase by 34 from the previous year and the highest annual total since 2010. 

In the 18-day holiday period between December 16, 2016, and January 2, 2017, 16 people were killed on NSW roads.

It was also the second serious incident on the Princes Hwy in the Tilba area over the holiday period. On December 30, a Victorian visitor lost control of his Subaru wagon 200 metres south of the Bermagui turn-off, crashing into an embankment and trapping his female passenger until she could be removed by rescue squads.

The female passenger was flown to Canberra Hospital with serious injuries, while the male driver and a child passenger in the rear were taken to SERH with non-life threatening injuries.


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